LSUU School Closure

A Memo From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

Per the most recent guidance from Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) we have escalated contingency planning for the closing of schools for students by the end of the day Tuesday, March 17. This directive will last through April 6 - but may need to be extended. 

LSUU schools will remain open on Monday and Tuesday. Parents may choose to keep their children home due to concerns related to COVID-19 or upon medical advice or guidance from the Vermont Department of Health. These absences will be excused.  Middle and high school students may follow instruction through Schoology.  Other individual student work will not be sent home this week as faculty and staff will be focusing on keeping learning on track in schools, supporting all in following prevention guidelines, and planning for instruction and essential services remotely.  

We are asking for your support and understanding with the following steps specific to the schools of LSUU:

  1. Continue to stay home if you or your children are sick.  Wash hands frequently with soap and water and avoid touching your face. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, and keep a supply of essentials and medicines on hand.
  2. Outside of school, please practice social distancing, including avoiding playdates, sleepovers, group gatherings, and unnecessary travel.
  3. For the next two days please follow your normal school attendance procedures, and notify your child’s school if they will not be attending.  Absences will be excused. 
  4. Adults are asked not to enter the school building, except when necessary for educational services.  Please call your school office and remain in the lobby or entrance area if it is necessary to approach the building.
  5. Student-led and family/teacher conferences for this week are postponed.  More information will follow on options for teachers, parents, and student communication options later.
  6. School-specific communications about plans for remote student learning will follow within the week.
  7. We will begin providing meals for all youth up to 18 as soon as possible.  Look for more information soon.
  8. For ongoing communications, we will continue to provide updates via our emergency communications system.  Due to the heavy use of the system across the nation, message delivery may be delayed at times. Please check the News and Announcements on your school’s website periodically.

For information and support, please feel free to reach out to your school health office or Jordan Myerson at [email protected] or 802-585-4087.

We are continuously monitoring local developments and consult with the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education and will take additional local action as needed.  Stay tuned for more information about how you can help. We are grateful for the many offers we have already received for help with meal delivery and more! 

Best,
Tracy 

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